Sunday, November 18, 2007

Colorado and Women

The Colorado Supreme Court has just decided that voters can give legal rights to fertilized eggs.

The measure, just one paragraph long, would ask voters whether inalienable rights, due process rights and equality of justice rights as defined in the state Constitution should be extended to “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”

I don't know for sure, but I'm betting this is a male dominated court. Why? Menstruation is the most common "killer" of fertilized eggs. So, will women in Colorado be forced to stop menses? I understand that controlling women's bodies makes people feel they are able to control women.

I experience this here in Greece in another way. The bathrooms are strictly 14th century. Seriously. Most public restrooms have toilet brushes so one can clean up after themselves, but if there is a seat included, it is unusual. Some toilets, especially those in the schools are tiled foot place holders and one has to squat to do one's business. I've been told it was healthier when girls only wore skirts -- but girls don't wear skirts all the time anymore. Really old women still do.

Because this manner of behavior has gone on for so long, even Greek women think this is the way it should be. I remember using the toilet in a relative's home and there was no seat. Suddenly, several years later, there was. When asked why, I was told the old seat was broken and it was too expensive to buy a seat. But the kids had designer jeans and cell phones.

So, maybe the goal is to train women to stop menses and become pregnant every month...who knows, after several centuries we may think this is how it should be.

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